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A gas giant with four units of research resources and one unit of the very rare Zro aerosol.

In Stellaris, the economy is based on the production and consumption of resources and services either from a specific planet or throughout the empire. It relies heavily on Pop.png Pops working on different Pop job.png Jobs, or mining stations built over various celestial bodies.

Resources can vary from fairly common Food.png food crops to very rare substances such as Dark Matter.png dark matter and from physical Minerals.png minerals to "produced" knowledge, such as Research.png research.

In that way, resources are very important and ought to be quickly scouted, exploited, and developed.

There are three kinds of resources: Material, Abstract and Strategic.

All material resources and strategic resources (except Trade value.png Trade Value) must be stocked. All empires have a 15000 basic storage capacity for each resource except Energy Credits.png energy, which has a 50000 basic storage capacity). An empire can build Resource Silos buildings on colonized planets and starbases to expand their stockpile capacity. Any produced resources that cannot be stockpiled are simply wasted.

Material Resources

Material resources are the most straightforward and important type as they provide the means to expand both geographically, developmentally and technologically. They are gathered and stockpiled on a monthly basis, but not necessarily on the same day. While they all have a stockpile, how that stockpile and the excess is used varies fundamentally between each resource.


Basic resources are directly gathered from celestial bodies or resource districts.

Resource Major uses Major source Description
Energy Credits.png Energy Credits
  • Mod leader influence cost.png Leader Cost and Upkeep
  • Mod planet clear blocker cost mult.png Clear Blockers Cost
  • Mod country terraforming cost.png Terraforming Cost
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Campaingn Edicts Cost
  • Mod planet building cost mult.png Various Upkeep
  • Trait mechanical.pngAuth machine intelligence.png Robotic Pop Upkeep
  • Navbar icons market.png Purchase resources on the Market
  • MegaCorp.png Purchase Slaves on the Slave Market
  • District generator.png Generator Districts (Job technician.png Technician Jobs)
  • Trade value.png Trade Value conversion
  • Fleet task build mining station action.png Mining Stations
Energy Credits (Energy Credits.png) is an energy backed currency accepted by all space-faring races.
Minerals.png Minerals
  • Mod planet building cost mult.png Buildings and Districts Cost
  • Mod planet building cost mult.png Stations Cost
  • Job foundry.pngJob artisan.png Manufacturing Jobs Upkeep
  • Trait lithoid.png Lithoid Pop Upkeep
  • District mining.png Mining Districts (Job miner.png Miner Jobs)
  • Fleet task build mining station action.png Mining Stations
Minerals (Minerals.png) is a collective term for the basic resources we need to construct ships, stations and planetary buildings.
Food.png Food
  • Mod pop food req.png Biological Pop Upkeep
  • Mod spaceport ship build cost mult.png Colony Ship Cost for Biological Empires
  • District farming.png Agriculture Districts (Job farmer.png Farmer Jobs)
Food (Food.png) represents the various nutrients required to sustain and grow Pop.png Pops.


Advanced resources are resources that are produced by refining them from cruder raw Minerals.png minerals.

Resource Major uses Major source Description
Alloys.png Alloys
  • Mod spaceport ship build cost mult.png Starbase and Ship Cost
  • Mod ship upkeep mult.png Ship Upkeep
  • Mod megastructure build speed.png Megastructure Cost
  • Building Alloy Foundries Buildings (Job foundry.png Metallurgist Jobs)
  • Fleet task build mining station action.png Mining Stations (rare)
Alloys are advanced resources with a military application, which we need to construct Ships and Starbases.
Consumer goods.png Consumer goods
  • Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousnesses empires do not use consumer goods except for Civic machine servitor.png Rogue Servitors
  • Mod pop consumer goods mult.png Pops Upkeep
  • Job researcher.pngJob culture worker.pngJob bureaucrat.png Various Specialist Jobs Upkeep
  • Mod spaceport ship build cost mult.png Colony Ship Cost
  • Decision luxuries.png Distribute Luxury Goods decision
  • Building Civilian Industries Buildings (Job artisan.png Artisan Jobs)
  • Trade value.png Trade Value conversion (Menu icon policies.png Consumer Benefits policy)
Consumer Goods is an advanced resource that represents various gadgets, luxuries and goods necessary to give your Pop.png Pops a good life and perform intellectual Pop job.png Jobs such as Research.png Research.

Trade Value

While not a kind of resource by technical, Trade Value is an important part of Economy.

Resource Major uses Major source Description
Trade value.png Trade value
  • Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness empires do not use Trade Value
  • Menu icon policies.png Collected Trade Value is converted into Energy Credits.png Energy, Consumer goods.png Consumer Goods and / or Unity.png Unity based on the Trade Policy
  • Pop.png Pops (varies based on Living Standards)
  • Pop job.png Various jobs
  • Planet asteroid.png Celestial Body deposits (no stations required)
  • Auth corporate.png Branch Office buildings
Trade Value represents civilian day-to-day economic activity. Starbases collect Trade Value and convert it into resources such as Energy Credits.png Energy Credits if connected to your capital planet through a Trade Route. Trade Value that is directly collected by your capital Starbase does not need a trade route to generate resources.

Abstract resources

Abstract Resources represent non-physical assets that an empire has access to. They are mostly concepts that represent complex sociopolitical activity within the empire's leadership and population.

Resource Major uses Major source Description
Influence.png Influence
  • Menu icon claims.png Claims Cost
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Decisions and Edicts Cost
  • Mod country starbase influence cost mult.png Starbases Cost
  • Diplomacy alliance.png Diplomatic Pacts Upkeep
  • Diplomacy being integrated.png Integrating Subjects
  • Election vote share.png Influencing Elections
  • Unknown.png Reforming the Government
  • Menu icon factions.png Factions
  • Diplomacy opinion.png Humiliate Wargoal
Influence.png Each empire has a base income of +3 and can be increased by the following
  • Diplomacy isprotectorate.png Protectorates: +0.25 each
  • Diplomacy rivalry.png Rivals: +0.5 each
  • Authoritarian.png Authoritarian ethic: +0.5
  • Fanatic Authoritarian.png Fanatic Authoritarian ethic: +1
  • Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness ethic: +1
  • Tech living state.png Autonomous Agents technology: +1
  • Menu icon traditions.png Finishing the Domination tradition tree: +1
  • Trait ruler deep connections.png Deep Connections Ruler trait: +1
  • Trait psionic species.png Psionic Ruler trait: +0.5
  • Leader trait psionic chosen one.png Chosen One Ruler trait: +1
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Will to Power ambition: +5
  • Mod shroud unavailable.png Covenant: Whispers in the Void: +15%
  • Mod shroud unavailable.png Covenant: End of the Cycle: +5
  • Menu icon factions.png Faction suppression: −1
  • Menu icon factions.png Faction promotion: −2
  • R galatron.png The Galatron relic: +3
  • Integrating a subject: -5
Influence (Influence.png) represents political clout, and is used for many things, like enacting Edicts, making Claims, building Outposts and dealing with Factions.
  • An empire can store only 1000 Influence and the storage amount cannot be increased.
Unity.png Unity
  • Building Unity Buildings (Jobs such as Job culture worker.png Culture Workers)
  • Job administrator.pngJob enforcer.pngJob coordinator.png Various Ruler, Specialist, and Complex Drone Jobs
  • Trade value.png Trade Value conversion (Menu icon policies.png Marketplace of Ideas policy)
Unity.png Each empire has a base income of +1 and can be increased by the following
  • Tech planetary unification.png Planetary Unification technology: +2
  • Spiritualist.png Spiritualist ethic: +10%
  • Fanatic Spiritualist.png Fanatic Spiritualist ethic: +20%
  • Civic beacon of liberty.png Beacon of Liberty civic: +15%
  • Civic inwards perfection.png Inwards Perfection civic: +20%
  • Civic brand loyalty.png Brand Loyalty civic: +15%
  • Civic one mind.png One Mind civic: +15%
  • Civic machine unitary cohesion.png Unitary Cohesion civic: +15%
  • Agenda Selective Nostalgia agenda: +10%
  • Ap one vision.png One Vision ascension perk: +10%
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Declare Saint edict: +15%
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Fear Campaign: +10%
  • Trait ruler reformer.png Reformer Ruler trait: +10%
  • Ruler.png Rulers: +3% per level
Unity (Unity.png) is used to unlock new Traditions.
  • Unity can be stocked up to two million.
  • Physics Research Physics research
  • Society Research Society research
  • Engineering Research Engineering research
  • Mod country all tech research speed.png Researching technologies
  • Anomaly research speed.png Finishing Special Projects
  • Building Research Labs buildings (Job researcher.png Researcher Jobs)
  • Fleet task build research station action.png Research Stations
Physics / Society / Engineering Research (Research.png) is used to research new technologies.
  • Research can be stored by not working on any research or special project.
  • The moment a research or special project takes place stored research is used to double the progress speed until the storage is emptied.

Strategic resources

Strategic.png Strategic resources are special rare resources required to both build and maintain advanced buildings and ship components. They are much harder to obtain than the common basic resources and are therefore also much more highly valued. Strategic resources can be obtained by either extracting them from natural deposits or manufacturing them synthetically. Natural strategic resource deposits are always visible but requires specific technology to exploit. Synthetic versions are produced from Minerals.png minerals, albeit at a steep price. All strategic resources can also be manufactured from Dimensional Fabricator buildings.

Resource Major uses Required tech Major source Description
Exotic gases.png Exotic Gases
  • Damage Advanced Plasma weapon components
  • Shield Advanced Shield components
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Strategic Resource edicts
Building Advanced Buildings Cost and Upkeep
  • Cyto-Revitalization Center
  • Hall of Judgement
  • Energy Nexus
  • Advanced research buildings
  • Hyper-Entertainment Forums
  • Auth corporate.png Executive Retreat
  • Civic machine servitor.png Organic Paradise
Tech exotic gases.png Exotic Gas Extraction
  • Building Exotic Gas Refineries (Job gas refiner.png Gas Refiner Jobs)
  • Building Gas Extraction Wells (rare planetary features required)
  • Planet gas giant.png Gas Giant deposits (rare)
  • Planet toxic.png Toxic World deposits (rare)
Rare and exotic gases with a variety of uses, particularly in the operation of advanced energy-based weaponry and force fields. Some of the gases can also be used as starship fuel or even as recreational drugs.
Rare crystals.png Rare Crystals
  • Damage Advanced Laser weapon components
  • Health Advanced Hull components
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Strategic Resource edicts
Building Advanced Buildings Cost and Upkeep
  • Advanced consumer goods buildings
  • Commerce Megaplexes
  • Advanced housing buildings
  • Advanced unity buildings
  • Auth corporate.png Xeno-Outreach Agency
Tech mine rare crystals.png Rare Crystal Mining
  • Building Synthetic Crystal Plants (Job translucer.png Translucer Jobs)
  • Building Crystal Mines (rare planetary features required)
  • Planet asteroid.png Ice Asteroid deposits (rare)
  • Planet frozen.png Frozen World deposits (rare)
These crystals have properties that make them extremely effective at focusing laser beams, and they are also a critical component in most advanced electronics. In addition, many cultures treasure them as decorations and adornments.
Volatile motes.png Volatile Motes
  • Damage Advanced Kinetic and Missile weapon components
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Strategic Resource edicts
Building Advanced Buildings Cost and Upkeep
  • Food Processing Centers
  • Mineral Purification Hubs
  • Advanced alloys buildings
  • Fortress
Tech volatile motes.png Mote Stabilization
  • Building Chemical Plants (Job chemist.png Chemist Jobs)
  • Building Mote Harvesting Traps (rare planetary features required)
  • Planet asteroid.png Asteroid deposits (rare)
  • Planet molten.png Molten World deposits (rare)
These preternatural particles contain a tremendous amount of energy which could be exploited in energy production, as fuel or even as explosives.'
Zro.png Zro
  • Ship part psi shield.png Psionic Shields component
Tech mine zro.png Zro Distillation
  • Planet toxic.png Toxic World deposits (rare)
  • Planet gas giant.png Gas Giant anomalies
An extremely rare aerosol of exotic particles. It has been deposited on a number of worlds through meteor impacts, but its true origin is a mystery. If ingested by psionically-gifted individuals, zro acts as a very potent (and addictive) drug that enhances PSI abilities.
Dark Matter.png Dark Matter
  • Ship part dark matter shield.png Dark Matter Deflectors component
  • Ship part dark matter power core.png Dark Matter Reactor component
  • Ship part thruster 5.png Dark Matter Thrusters component
Tech mine dark matter.png Dark Matter Drawing
  • Black Hole.png Black Hole deposits
This exotic substance has many properties that seemingly defy several natural laws. Harvestable concentrations can only be found near Black Holes or in certain nebulas.
Living Metal.png Living Metal
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Strategic Resource edicts
Tech mine living metal.png Living Metal
  • Anomaly deposits
  • Destroyed Contingency Sterilization Hubs
  • Sentinels archaeology site
  • MegaCorp.png Sold rarely by the Racket Industrial Enterprise caravan
This inorganic metal shows characteristics usually seen only in biological life forms. It will always attempt to regenerate back into the shape it was stabilized into.
Nanites.png Nanites
  • Ship part auto repair.png Nanite Repair System component
  • Building Nanite Transmuter building upkeep
  • Menu icon policies and edicts.png Strategic Resource edicts
  • Distant Stars.png L-Cluster celestial bodies
Simple but powerful nanoactuators, allowing for complex manipulations and experiments of macroscopic scales.


If an empire's stored stockpile for a certain resource drops to 0 with negative income, a resource shortage will occur. Resource shortages should be avoided at all costs as they impart massive penalties.

Energy Credits.png Energy shortage Minerals.png Minerals shortage Mod pop food req.png Food shortage Alloys.png Alloys shortage Consumer goods.png Consumer Goods shortage Influence.png Influence shortage Exotic gases.png Exotic Gases shortage Rare crystals.png Rare Crystals shortage Volatile motes.png Volatile Motes shortage
  • Minerals.png -50% Minerals from Jobs
  • Mod army damage mult.png -75% Army Damage
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png -75% Shield Hit Points
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png -75% Weapons Damage
  • Alloys.png -50% Alloys from Jobs
  • Consumer goods.png -50% Consumer Goods from Jobs
  • Mod pop robot build speed mult.png -75% Robot Build Speed
  • Mod pop happiness.png -25% Lithoid Pop Happiness
  • Mod pop growth req.png -75% Lithoid Pop Growth
  • Mod pop happiness.png -25% Biological Pop Happiness
  • Mod pop growth req.png -75% Biological Pop Growth
  • Mod ship armor mult.png -75% Ship Armor
  • Mod ship fire rate mult.png -75% Fire Rate
  • Mod pop happiness.png -25% Pop Happiness
  • Research.png -50% Research from Jobs
  • Unity.png -50% Unity from Jobs
  • Mod pop happiness.png -20% Pop Happiness
  • Mod pop resource output.png -25% Resource from Jobs
  • Mod pop resource output.png -25% Resource from Jobs
  • Mod pop resource output.png -25% Resource from Jobs


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